Nigel’s fruit of mystery from the other week certainly got a few heads scratching, but no definitive answers, so the first thing Nigel did when we got back from Swindon was to go and get a few to dissect in a Tom the Scientist type manner, to see if said fruit would give up any more clues/answers.
On arrival at the tree spot Nigel said that an awful lot of said “fruit” had fallen, lying
prostate prostrate on the ground, an indication, perhaps, that it was ripe?
And when Nigel got home, laden with his samples, Darrell helped the little fella to prepare the dissecting area, the board and the blade ……..
I think we have found the answer, but still with questions left to ask. The fruit contained no mass of seeds, like, for example, a pomegranate as some readers had thought, in truth they looked, felt and tasted (yes we did, very tentatively) like very tiny oval apples ……. which I think we can now safely assume they are.
But why are they so small, did the tree experience a traumatic event in the spring as the blossom was forming that stunted their growth, but, if this is actually their normal size, why so small, are they a known breed, and if so what is their generic name?
I think Nigel has decided to lay the matter to rest until this time next year when he can see what size they are then, but until then Nigel’s mystery fruit will probably go down in our
anals annals of history as Nigel’s Evesham Fruit Enigma of 2017.